Joseph Robert Patterson has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant in Lincoln County, South Dakota for allegedly harming a 2-year-old who was in his care. The 2-year-old has been identified as a child of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson did address the media after practice Friday, but wouldn't go into any details as to what was going on in South Dakota. He had gone to Sioux Falls Thursday, returned to practice today, and said he would be playing Sunday.
From USA Today's reporting of the incident:
"As officers and first responders got there, they found child was unresponsive and he was taken to the hospital," Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens told the newspaper. "So they ended up calling police about that or letting them know. We had detectives talk to quite a few people to try to figure out what happened. What they ended up finding was that when the injuries happened there was one person with that child, and that person was Joseph Patterson."
"The injuries they found were head injuries," Clemens said. "It was obvious to medical staff that abuse had taken place and that those injuries weren't accidental."
Patterson is being held on a $750,000 cash bond.
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If Patterson is found guilty of the charges, the HQ is fairly certain that a lot of people would like to see him in a room with Peterson for a short time while the entire country's back is turned...